Painting Vibrant Flowers in Watercolor: Revised & Expanded

Painting Vibrant Flowers in Watercolor: Revised & Expanded

Soon Y. Warren

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 1440336156

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Paint flowers with feeling!

You can paint watercolors that capture the beauty and personality of roses, peonies, zinnias and many more brilliant blooms--and achieve color more vivid than you ever dreamed possible with watercolor. In this expanded edition of Soon Y. Warren's best-selling book, she will help you:

  • Capture the unique shapes, textures, details--and temperaments--of magnolias, hibiscus, sunflowers, bougainvillea, gladiolus, dahlias, water lilies and more.
  • Use watercolor to duplicate and enhance the floral colors you see in nature, from subtle to saturated.
  • Create dramatic compositions that excite your viewers.
  • Complement your floral subjects with luscious surrounding textures (antique copper, smooth glass, rich fabric) and flattering backgrounds.
  • Learn fun and easy techniques for underpainting, mingling and texturing with 23 step-by-step demonstrations.

Don't be a shrinking violet--express yourself with bold watercolor florals that have as much personality as you do!

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bother making art supplies: I’d simply grab some red and black clay and retire to a cave to paint! When I was very young, maybe six or seven years old, I didn’t have nearly the number of clean sheets of paper and pencils that I wanted for drawing. The few supplies I did have didn’t last long in my hands—and neither did my siblings’ supplies. Often I resorted to drawing in the dusty ground with a stick. One childhood incident still makes me smile. I obtained some white chalk and was quite

defines the color of each dewdrop. Dew on a blue background will be blue, and dew on a red background will be red. Detail Demonstration: Shadows When a shadow falls on a flower, it becomes part of the overall flower pattern and creates interesting forms. Use dark cast shadows to create movement and drama. This demonstration shows how to see and paint shadows within a flower instead of separating the shadows from the subject. Use nos. 10 and 12 rounds unless otherwise noted. Materials List

some of the pigment where lighter color is needed before applying the Quinacridone Magenta. STEP 5: Begin Developing the Background Glaze Burnt Sienna onto the vase. After it dries, flat wash diluted Prussian Blue wet-into-wet onto the background using a no. 10 round. STEP 6: Build Up the Background Developing the background makes the value of the subject much easier to read and correct. To avoid being stuck with an undesirable, strong color, use several thin layers of color instead

and dark red, good for warm darkest dark when mixed with complementary colors such as Winsor Green or Bamboo Green. Quinacridone Burnt Orange (Daniel Smith)—transparent, nonstaining, beautiful color right out of the tube, mixes well with every color for richness; also can be made from palette of Quinacridone Red, Burnt Sienna and Gamboge. Quinacridone Red (Winsor & Newton)—transparent, staining, warm. Scarlet Lake (Winsor & Newton)—opaque, nonstaining, warm, good local color for dark red

with fluorescent light is not a major issue for me. I also have very nice views of my backyard gardens through all the glass. Where you paint—fancy or not—does not need to be a factor in your painting. How much you desire to paint and put your hands to work is all that matters. You can claim a small corner of the kitchen table, dining room table, living room coffee table or even the floor as a working place. A Room of One’s Own This is my living room/studio. However, the important thing

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